CruiseMates' Readers Cruise Reviews

Princess Cruises Diamond Princess Mexico March 26, 2005

Family of 5, including Nana and twin 10 year old boys, went on Princess Diamond for our first cruise experience. We enjoyed this cruise emensly and have already put a "ghost deposit" onto another cruise. Embarkation went quite smoothly, arriving in San Pedro around 11:00 and we were in our cabins by 1:15 or so. We had a balcony and inside stateroom on Aloha deck, and our luggage was arriving as we got to the cabins. We took a case of water per cabin and a partial case of wine, which all arrived in tact, good job Princess! The Diamond is a spectacular ship and for it's grand size has a nice elegant feel to it. It's main atrium is very classy and though it rises only 3 floors, it feels quite grand and elegant, formal photos are done in front of the staircases and are nice. The service in all areas was excellent.

Our cabin stewardess, Viktoria, was charming and very helpful. We had traditional dining first seating and our wait staff Jose and Richard were terrific. I tipped them early on and we were not charged the $10 corkage fee any night. Entertainment on board was good, the stage show "Piano Man" was excellent, but "Undercover" was not to par. Comedians/ Jugglers were fantastic. Horizon Court buffet is good as buffets go. With two sides to the restaurant, it never was crowded. My boys didn't participate much in the Pirateer's Program, but they enjoyed what they did do. There was plenty to do with the 5 pools, basketball, food etc. Cabins were nicely decorated and plenty of storage for clothes and gear. We enjoyed our balcony, and are now spoiled to sail with anything less! Princess really did exceed our expectations and we can't wait to do it again...

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